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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Peter King
U.S. Senator, R-New York, Homeland Security Committee
CNNW 08/09/2013
King continued: revealed secrets and put our country at risk, it's somehow like a moral equivalency. Snowden has one way of doing it, President Obama has another way of doing it. I wish he showed the same anger toward Edward Snowden as he did toward republicans on obamacare. There was no outrage there when he was asked do you think he's a patriot? What do you mean you don't think he is? What do you mean you don’t think he is. This man's a traitor. He’s indicted for espionage by his administration at time of war. So again, to me commander in chief should show much more war time leadership than has been shown by the president on this issue on a very successful program.
Ed Royce
U.S. Representative R-CA, Chairman, Foreign Affairs
CNNW 08/09/2013
Royce: On the senate side, i know our colleagues did an exhaustive audit. And found that over the last four years, they could not find any examples. I think we had 300 queries last year for example looking into this and what they were specifically monitoring were on phone calls from overseas from al Qaeda to al Qaeda agents
Ed Royce
U.S. Representative R-CA, Chairman, Foreign Affairs
CNNW 08/09/2013
Royce continued: in the western hemisphere and in the united states. So i think that a better explanation of the president two months ago would have helped the situation. I think he's waited too long to address it, and at this point i think it's wise for us to reassure the American public. Certainly Congress should be involved in this. We should set up additional protections. But most of this work is done overseas anyway. And most of it is done to protect our assets overseas, certainly our troops in Afghanistan, to protect our embassies, to protect our allies in Europe
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: The American people need to have confidence in them as well. And that is why I'm over the last few weeks, i have consulted members of Congress who have come at this issue from many different perspective's and i have asked the oversight board to review where our counterterrorism efforts and our values come into tension, and i directed my national security to be more transparent and to pursue reforms of our laws and practices. So i would like to discuss four specific steps, not all inclusive, but specific steps we will be taking
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: shortly to move the debate forward. First, I will work with Congress to pursue appropriate reforms to section 215 of the Patriot Act, the program that collects telephone records. As i said, this program is an important tool in our effort to disrupt terrorist plots and it does not allow the government to listen to any phone calls without a warrant. But given the scale of this program, i understand the concerns of those who would worry that it could be subject to abuse.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: Second, i will work with Congress to improve the public's confidence in the oversight conducted by the foreign intelligence surveillance court, known as the FISA. The FISA was created by Congress to provide judicial review of certain intelligence activities so that a federal judge must find that our actions are consistent with the constitution. However, to build greater confidence, i think we should consider some additional changes to the FISA.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: i have confidence in the court and i think they have done a fine job, i think they can provide greater assurances that the court is looking at these issues from both perspectives, security and privacy. So specifically, we can take steps to make sure civil liberties concerns have an independent voice in appropriate cases by ensuring that the government's position is challenged by an adversary.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: Number three, we can and must be more transparent. I directed the intelligence community to make public as much information about these programs as possible. We have already declassified unprecedented information about the NSA, but we can go further. So at my direction the department of justice will make public the legal rationale for the governments collection activities under article 215 of the Patriot Act. The NSA has taken steps to put in place a full time civil liberties and privacy officer and release
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama continued: information that details it’s mission, authorities and oversight. And finally, the intelligence community is creating a website that will serve as a hub for further transparency. This will give Americans and the world the ability to learn more about what our intelligence community does and what it doesn’t do, how it carries out its mission and why it does so. , Fourth, we are forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies. We need new
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: Fourth, we are forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies. We need new thinking for a new era. We now have to unravel terrorist plots by finding a needle in a haystack" of global telecommunications. And meanwhile technology has given governments, including our own, unprecedented capability to monitor communications.
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